One of the latest additions to the Radisson group’s growing list of luxurious destinations and premium hotels, the Radisson Collection Hotel, Tsinandali Estate Georgia offers wine lovers a picturesque mountain getaway far off in the bucolic countryside of the Georgian province of Kakheti.
The winding 62-mile, hour and a half hour drive from the Georgian capital of Tbilisi brings guests into the heart of Georgia’s renowned 8,000 year old wine making region. Once the summer estate of 19th century Georgian aristocracy, the new hotel conjoins the historic grandiosity of preserved buildings of yesteryear with a wholly contemporary wing for guests to take in the splendor of the Caucasus Mountains from the privacy of their rooms or even from a dramatic rooftop infinity pool.
The hotel’s design is the product of an international effort, represented by architects John Fotiadis, Christina Gabasn and Damien Figueras. The trio transformed the aristocratic pedigree of Prince Alexander Chavchavadze’s summer palace into a vibrantly diverse property to explore inside and out – including an enormous contemporary open amphitheater (designed by Xavier Fabre) that spills out into a verdant English-style garden where the ghosts of parties past still can be felt.
The hotel’s interior design is credited to industrial designer Ingo Maurer, complemented by artistic flourishes by Georgian artist and sculptor, Tamara Kvesitadze.
Rich colors and sumptuous textures bestow each of the 141 rooms of the Tsinandali Estate Georgia an intimate connection to the landscape outside each of the mountain or vineyard facing rooms, their modest square footage in surprising contrast to the grand architectural scale of the hotel’s lobby, restaurants, meeting rooms, and other public spaces.
The estate resort invites both connoisseurs and novices alike to experience on-site wine tastings as an introduction to the country’s rich wine production history (UNESCO inscribed the Ancient Georgian Traditional Qvevri Wine-Making Method on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2013); numerous local wineries (some walkable) are located nearby to further enhance an extended stay as a glass-by-glass education of Georgian viticulture.
Everything you need to know when booking your stay: Rooms at the Radisson Collection Hotel, Tsinandali Estate Georgia start at USD $105 and scale up to $495 for the largest Terrace Suites (getting to Georgia from the United States requires an investment in time, but once there, it’s a refreshingly affordable destination). Be sure to schedule a tour of the Tsinandali Palace Museum of Prince Alexander Chavchavadze situated within the estate’s property.
Also noting Georgian driving habits can prove challenging for first time visitors (head-on passing at high speeds is the rule, rather than the exception), booking a tour guide driver to visit locations like the archeological Alaverdi Monastery located 25 minutes from the hotel is a modest investment.
The hotel is located at Tsinandali village Kakheti Region Tbilisi, 2217, Georgia. Visit Radisson Collection Hotel, Tsinandali Estate to book your stay.